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post #21 of 24 Old 07-28-2010, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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^ I don't believe in training your horse to rear for that reason. If a horse gets the idea that they are EVER allowed to rear then what's stopping them from doing it when the want to?

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post #22 of 24 Old 07-28-2010, 08:32 PM
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I'm not going to argue. I've owned Pistol for 23 years. I've done every technique except flipping him over. He knows how to move forward. He has done english, western, and dressage in his lifetime. He walks, trots, canters, side passes, leg yields, bends, prances, jumps, etc. He is now a semi-retired trail horse. Rearing is his form of saying no. That is what it is, it's what it has always been.

I'm glad that you've cured all the rearers you've ever met. It is still my opinion that there is no true cure for a rear. Not even old age. And I do believe horses can be ornery. It doesn't mean he's not smart, doesn't mean he's not kind and loving... Just ornery. It's part of what I love about him.
The mare I had reared TO go forward. She detested standing, and if you tried to insist, she'd rear. She's figured out that most people would get scared enough to stop making her stand and let her move out the way she liked. As a 14 year old, she sure had me bamboozled to. I was actually trying to mount one day and make her stand when she tried it, and I finally had enough and yanked her over backward. She never did stand to well but she also never reared again.

Matter fact, MOST horses I've met who rear are habitual "fidgeters". They hate standing and get so fed up with not being allowed to move, they go straight up. Heck, we just had an AWESOME display at the rodeo last week when one of the flag bearers horses did it. I've never seen a cowboy turn so red in my life!

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post #23 of 24 Old 07-29-2010, 03:13 PM
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[QUOTE]I'm glad that you've cured all the rearers you've ever met. It is still my opinion that there is no true cure for a rear. Not even old age. And I do believe horses can be ornery. It doesn't mean he's not smart, doesn't mean he's not kind and loving... Just ornery. It's part of what I love about him.

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No, there is no "cure"... as in if the horse is allowed to get back into the bad habits it will rear again.

Those I worked with, I also worked with their owners - so it was understood why the horse was rearing and how to prevent it in the first place. THAT is why they didn't do it again - not because they were "magically" fixed.

It's simple biomechanics - a horse cannot rear if it is going forward. So no, your horse does not have a SOLID forward all the time if he is still rearing. He may understand how to go forward - but chooses to ignore you when it suits him - which means he is NOT going forward.

When you ask a nervous, fidgety horse to stop - and try to hold it in place you will get them to rear. Why? Because they feel they cannot move any other way (which is "quite right" - you asked them to halt)... the thing is, the "solution" to a horse who fidgets is not to try to hold them in one place - a "nervous" horse (I consider any horse who will not stop and stand to be "nervous" - it's a general term I'm using) will never learn patience or to stand quietly by trying to force it to stop.
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post #24 of 24 Old 07-30-2010, 02:57 AM
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OK this sounds horrible, but I had one horse that was a dangerous rearer. I finally got desperate and when he started going up, I whapped him in the poll with a light plastic t-ball bat. I took 2 whacks and he never did it again. I think it was the sound of the whap, and the surprise factor. My brother whapped me in the head with it and it didn't hurt.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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